Letters & Miscellanies

Flint & Walling, Northwestern Motor Co. and Sheffield

| October 2007

Flint & Walling

Here is a photo of nine Flint & Walling engines and seven of the owners at the Mid-America Windmill Museum's 2006 Fall Fling engine show in Kendallville, Ind. Two engines were allowed to be brought, but the owners could not make it. I am sure this would be some kind of record to have that many in one place.

Also at the show was a 6 HP Woodpecker owned by Nelson LeCount and an early model Middletown Machine 1-1/2 HP engine, serial no. 96. This early engine looks like most other Woodpeckers except that the flywheels and crank were made much heavier, most likely a carry-over from steam engineering where things were made heavy. Even the engine tag was a heavy brass tag.

I have not been able to make a connection between Flint & Walling and Woodpecker, so that still remains a mystery. I have also started a registry of Flint & Walling engines. Readers can contact me to get on the list.

Earle Franklin, 804 S. Cavin St., Ligonier, IN 46767-1726

Northwestern Motor Co.

I enjoyed your recent article on the old Fairmont Railway Motors section-car engines. It prompted me to send some photos of a section-car engine built by the Northwestern Motor Co., in Eau Claire, Wis. It is definitely of the same design. However, I have never seen another. I am sure there are some around. The engine is painted black and is not showing up very well in the photos. Do any of our readers know anything about these?

Jerry Toews, Goessel, Kan., (620) 367-8257